Microtransactions


Animal Crossing: New Horizons Appears To Have Microtransactions

"Animal Crossing: New Horizons" Appears To Have Microtransactions

We're hoping this isn't what we think it is, but it does appear that Nintendo will have microtransactions in Animal Crossing: New Horizons The ESRB rating for the game has now caught the attention of fans this weekend, as it has been updated on Nintendo's eShop listing And while the game's description makes no mention[...]

DOOM Eternal Will Have Absolutely No Microtransactions

"DOOM Eternal" Will Have Absolutely No Microtransactions

Some good news for DOOM Eternal fans who may have been worried about microtransactions in the game We got confirmation that there are none! Someone has a chat with the game's Creative Director, Hugo Martin, on Facebook about the unlockable content in the game and whether players would have to pay for anything He responded,[...]

NBA 2K19 Players Are Mad Over Unskippable Ads Within The Game

"NBA 2K19" Players Are Mad Over Unskippable Ads Within The Game

There's a new controversy with NBA 2K19 players, and it has nothing to do with the gameplay and everything to do with advertisements. The game has already received year-round criticism from people complaining about the fact that pretty much every aspect of the game has some form of microtransaction tied to it. Meaning the content […]

Nintendo is Asking Mobile Developers to Drop Microtransactions

Nintendo is Asking Mobile Developers to Drop Microtransactions

[caption id="attachment_993484" align="aligncenter" width="600"] credit//Niantic[/caption]In a report by The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo sources claim the gaming company is worried microtransactions will ruin its reputation The publisher has gone so far as to ask its mobile game development studios to curb player spending.One of the sources for the WSJ article hails from Dragalia Lost developers Cygames' parent company[...]

EA Stops Selling FIFA Points in Belgium Due to Loot Box Decision

EA Stops Selling FIFA Points in Belgium Due to Loot Box Decision

Electronic Arts just joined a growing list of companies who are forced to take loot boxes and microtransactions off the market in Belgium The company issued a statement this week confirming that FIFA Points will be removed from FIFA 19 in the country, however, they will continue to remain a part of the game everywhere[...]

Belgium Declares Loot Boxes Illegal and Wants Them Removed

Belgium Declares Loot Boxes Illegal and Wants Them Removed

And so it begins. It didn't take long after The Netherlands made their own ruling that loot boxes were a form of gambling for other European countries to explore the matter and make their own decisions. Today, Belguim just made one that could be the start of a lengthy legal process in their country for […]

Microtransactions Wont Come to State Of Decay 2

Microtransactions Won't Come to State Of Decay 2

Undead Labs have made it clear in a response to a microtransactions thread on Reddit that the company will not include any such system in their upcoming title State Of Decay 2 The news comes on the heels of the company announcing the game would be released on Xbox One for $30 on May 22nd,[...]

The ESRB Will Add a New Interactive Tool for In-Game Purchases

The ESRB Will Add a New Interactive Tool for In-Game Purchases

In light of all the talk and controversy about loot boxes and microtransactions, the ESRB sent out a press release today alerting people of a new addition coming to the rating system that will tell you if a game has in-game purchases The release lets parents know that in-game purchases are "optional" and that there[...]

Get Ready for Loot Boxes in Dragon Ball FighterZ

Get Ready for Loot Boxes in Dragon Ball FighterZ

You'd think game companies would learn the lessons that have been taught to them over the past calendar year about putting loot boxes inside games, but you know what… they don't. Bandai Namco is the latest to join the "bad idea in a good game" train by adding loot boxes to Dragon Ball FighterZ. The news […]

What A Shock: The ESA Says Microtransactions Are Not Gambling

What A Shock: The ESA Says Microtransactions Are Not Gambling

In an interview with Rolling Stone, the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) has joined the ESRB in their stance that microtransactions and loot systems are not a form of gambling The quote came from a story where Hawaiian officials are contemplating putting a law into effect, banning them from being sold to children One could argue[...]

Theres A DOOM Mod That Pokes Fun At Loot Boxes

There's A 'DOOM' Mod That Pokes Fun At Loot Boxes

My, oh my, is this ever beautiful! Someone has created a mod of DOOM that makes fun of the entire loot box and microtransaction controversy. You can find the details on ZDOOM's forum, but the short version is that this mod "up to modern triple-A video game standards" by downloading the mod into the old-school version […]

The UK Gambling Commission Issues A Statement On Loot Boxes

The UK Gambling Commission Issues A Statement On Loot Boxes

The UK Gambling Commission issued a statement over the weekend regarding the ever-growing argument over loot boxes/crates and microtransactions, and whether or not they constitute gambling The commission decided that they are not gambling since the money you put into them does not constitute a cash payout in return and that you're technically buying something[...]

Australian Officials Concur That Loot Boxes Are Gambling

Australian Officials Concur That Loot Boxes Are Gambling

In it, the government individual confirms that under their current laws, loot boxes and other gaming microtransactions do fall under gambling We highly recommend checking out the entire post, but below is the most damning part of the response that makes things pretty cut and dry.Lootbox and “pay to win” set ups are even more nuanced[...]

Microtransactions Are Alive And Well And We Made It That Way

Microtransactions Are Alive And Well, And We Made It That Way

Big budget, AAA games publishers like EA and Activision absolutely love micro-transactions. And from their perspective, we can't even blame them. They're making money hand over fist and that is exactly what they want. But that's only in the short term. The micro-transaction revenues netted from Destiny 2 and Shadow of War typically end up being used to […]